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George Fernandes escapes unhurt in accident

The former defence minister has a close shave when his car dashes against the pilot vehicle of his convoy in West Bengal's Nadia district.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2007 19:07 IST


National Democratic Alliance (NDA) convenor and former defence minister George Fernandes had a close shave on Tuesday when his car dashed against the pilot vehicle of his convoy in West Bengal's Nadia district.

Fernandes escaped unhurt in the accident at Krishnanagore, about 120 km from Kolkata.

"The incident occurred around 10.30 am when Fernandes was proceeding towards Nadia's Kotwali to attend a programme at an eye hospital. A cycle van suddenly came before the pilot car leading the convoy. As the driver of the pilot car slammed the brake, Fernandes' car hit it from behind," Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia told IANS.

"Since the pilot car was going at a slow speed it suffered only minor damage. Fernandes escaped unhurt," Kanojia said.

Later Fernandes said, "I was not injured. Only the pilot car was damaged."

Police said there was no security breach but they have launched an inquiry.

First Published: Aug 14, 2007 19:03 IST

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